BERNADINE H. BULKLEY, M.D.; RICHARD S. Ross, M.D.
Coronary-artery bypass surgery is overwhelmingly successful in the symptomatic treatment of angina pectoris. Eighty percent to 90% of patients who undergo this procedure experience relief of symptoms and 60% to 70% become pain-free (1). These are indeed dramatic and indisputable results: for most patients, incapacitating angina pectoris is cured by coronary-artery bypass surgery. It works, but why?
The operation is designed to provide a new channel for blood flow around a point of obstruction in a diseased coronary artery; therefore, relief of angina is usually attributed to the new blood supply. Perhaps successful and complete revascularization of the ischemic myocardium
BULKLEY BH, Ross RS. Coronary-Artery Bypass Surgery: It Works, but Why?. Ann Intern Med. ;88:835–836. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-6-835
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(6):835-836.
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